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Sustainable Engineering MS

A sustainable engineering degree that allows you to reduce a product’s environmental effects at every stage of its lifecycle–from conception, development, and prototyping to commercialization, recycling, and disposal.

Program skills

The MS in sustainable engineering builds on RIT’s work in sustainability research and education and offers students the flexibility to develop tracks in areas such as renewable energy systems, systems modeling and analysis, product design, and engineering policy and management. Course work is offered on campus and available on a full- or part-time basis. Technical in nature, the program equips engineers with the tools they need to meet the challenges associated with delivering goods, energy, and services through sustainable means. In addition to basic course work in engineering and classes in public policy and environmental management, students are required to complete a research thesis directly related to sustainable design challenges impacting society. Many of these thesis projects support the sustainability-themed research being conducted by RIT faculty in the areas of fuel-cell development, life-cycle engineering, and sustainable process implementation.

Program job titles reported

Associate Brewer; Associate Energy Efficiency Consultant; Chief Technology Officer; Consulting Engineer; Energy Engineer; Engineer Analyst; Manager Operational Excellence Leader; Project Coordinator Strategic Initiatives; PV and Powerwall Designer

Select program hiring partners

RIT NYS Pollution Prevention Institute; Sunny Clean Water; VaCom Technologies; Bastian Solutions; Bright Power; Eversource; Fairport Brewing Company; Franklin Energy; LiDestri Food and Drink; St. Onge Company: Tesla; The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.; Woodcrest Capital


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 80.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 80.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about RIT’s engineering education? It’s the opportunity to complete engineering co-ops and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a master’s degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your engineering field of study. And it sets RIT engineering graduates apart from their competitors. RIT co-op is designed for your success.

Cooperative education is optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the sustainable engineering master's program.